Rookie Report: Tarsha Gale’s squad make it to the Grand Finals

In this week’s Rookie Report, we take a look at Newcastle Knights’ squads in the Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg Cup, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership, SG Ball Cup and the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup.

The senior men’s teams took on the Parramatta Eels with the Cup side playing a curtain raiser to the NRL side at McDonald Jones Stadium while the Flegg side played at the Cessnock Sports Ground on Saturday.

The NSW Women’s Premiership team opened their 2022 season against the Wentworthville Magpies at the Cessnock Sports Ground.

The two junior representative teams (SG Ball Cup and Tarsha Gale Cup) traveled to the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium for their respective preliminary rounds on Saturday and a place in the big dance.

Find out how each team fared:

NSW Cup – Knights 8-26 Eels

The NSW Cup side lost 18 points to the Parramatta Eels on Sunday.

Knights guard David Armstrong was called up by Jersey Flegg and opened the scoring in the 4th minute.

The Eels fought back quickly before taking the lead after 15 minutes with their second try.

Mathew Komolafe had his second of the afternoon for the Eels three minutes before halftime.

Trailing 14-4 at halftime, the deficit deepened for the Knights when Komolafe scored his third seven minutes after the break.

The Eels got into a commanding position when Jayden Yates scored in the 55th minute.

Honeti Tuha scored a late consolation for the Knights but the team would concede defeat.

Along with his try, Tuha had solid play on the wing for 142 yards combined with seven tackle breaks.

Hymel Hunt topped the run counters for the Knights with 186 yards.

The Cup team sit ninth in the standings with two wins and five losses.

Watch the highlights below:



NSW Cup Highlights: Knights v Eels Round 7

Flegg Cup Jersey – Knights 27-20 Eels

The Jersey Flegg Cup team picked up three rebound wins with a 7-point win over the Eels on Saturday.

Center Harvey Neville made his way to the line to open the account for the Knights in the 9th minute before opposing center James Johnson rushed through a hole to score untouched and extend the advance of the Knights.

The Eels would return serve scoring the next two tries to take a four-point lead into the break.

Riley Jones put the Knights back in front after producing a superb solo try just after the switch.

The Eels again fought back with a four pointer before the Knights found another gear.

A superb short ball from Harry Fraser hit a hard-running Thomas Cant to make it 20-all.

Noah Ryan fired a field goal three minutes from time before Jones again found space in the backfield and sent Kobe Rugless in to secure the win.

The result elevates the Knights to second place on the ladder and tied with the top-ranked Roosters on 10 points.

Watch the highlights below:



Jersey Flegg Cup: Matchday 7 Highlights

NSW Women’s Premiership – Knights 18-12 Magpies

The NSW Women’s Premiership team kicked off their season with a 6-point win over Wentworthville on Saturday.

With a number of NRLW players for the team, including the return of Caitlan Johnston from injury, the Knights got off to a fast start.

A well-weighted kick from Melanie Howard sent Anika Butler diving into the corner for the first down.

The Magpies were next to score as they crossed the boards at close range.

Shortly after, a late Tayla Predebon offload prompted the Knights to quickly move the ball to an unmarked butler for her second down.

With three minutes left in the half, the Magpies responded again by scoring a similar accidental play try to take a 12-8 lead into the break.

In the second half, Christa-Lee Smith equalized the Knights in the 52nd minute when she received a cut ball from Bobbi Law.

Law summed up the numbers again eight minutes later to dispatch Bree Chester to give the Knights a commanding lead.

Newcastle will hold on to their six-point advantage to claim their first points of the season.

Watch the highlights below:



Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership: Round 1 Highlights

SG Ball Cup – Knights 6-25 Panthers

The SG Ball Cup team suffered a heartbreaking 19-point loss to the Panthers in their preliminary round on Saturday.

The Panthers scored four tries to one for the Knights to eliminate the Reds and Blues from the men’s Under-19 competition.

Penrith opened the scoring after 11 minutes before doubling their lead in the 24th minute.

The Knights responded with fifth-eighth Mitch Henderson, who fought his way to the line to score.

The Panthers converted a field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 just after the break.

Penrith scored two more tries in the second half and held the Knights to six to advance to the Grand Final.

Newcastle finished their incredible regular season in second place with the most points scored in the competition and will be proud of their efforts in the campaign.

Watch the highlights below:



SG Ball Cup: Semi-Final Highlights

Tarsha Gale Cup – Knights 16-14 Eels

The Tarsha Gale Cup side have qualified for the Grand Final after making an emotional comeback against the Eels in their preliminary final on Saturday.

Down eight points with 10 minutes left, the team stormed home with two tries in as many minutes to earn a spot in the decider.

Two minutes into the game, Mia Middleton had the Knights on the board by scoring a runaway interception try while demonstrating her speed.

The Eels were next to score as they netted their first four in the 12th minute.

Parramatta took the lead with Tahleisha Maeva crossing with eight minutes left in the first half.

Leading by two points at the break, the Eels extended their lead soon after with a smashing play near the line.

Eight points behind heading into the finals, the Knights were expected to be next to score.

Sophie Clancy burrowed into the dummy half to provide a spark for the Knights.

With six minutes remaining and two down, quick hands down the right side produced a try for Middleton to spark scenes of jubilation within the Knights ranks.

The Knights held on to their two-point lead to secure a spot in the big dance.

The team will face the Indigenous Academy Roosters in the grand final this Saturday, which kicks off at 11am at Commbank Stadium in Sydney.

newcastleknights.com.au will provide live game coverage and updates on our social media channels.

Watch the highlights below:



Tarsha Gale Cup: Semi-Final Highlights

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